Mashamoquet Brook State Park Trail

Putnam, Connecticut 6260

Mashamoquet Brook State Park Trail

Mashamoquet Brook State Park Trail Professional Guide

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"This walk offers two special things for kids to look forward to: the stone Indian Chair perched on a ledge overlook and the famous Putnam Wolf Den, a cave that extends back into the rocky hillside as far as you can see. Sadly, as the story goes, the state’s last wolf was shot here in the winter of 1742. After he thought that a wolf killed and injured a number of his sheep, Israel Putnam (later a Revolutionary War hero) set off in search of the wolf’s lair. Several days and 35 miles later, he and a group of nearby farmers followed the wolf tracks to the now-famous den. When the first two plans—smoking the wolf out and sending in the dogs—failed, Putnam squeezed through the long, dark tunnel himself with a torch and musket. He shot the animal on his second attempt, and on his third effort, hauled the dead wolf out of the cave to the cheers of his astounded neighbors.

Thankfully today, parks help serve the purpose of protecting native plants and animals. The park offers camping at the Wolf Den and Mashamoquet Brook Campgrounds and swimming at the bypass pool less than one-half mile from the park entrance off US 44."

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Hiking Connecticut and Rhode Island (Falcon Guides)
George and Rhonda Ostertag
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"Mashamoquet (Mushmugget), meaning “stream of good fishing,” Brook flows west to east across this nearly 1,000-acre northeast Connecticut state park composed of rolling wooded terrain, natural rock features, and picturesque swamp. A pair of interlocking colored loops explore the area. This hike combines the Blue Loop with a visit to the swamp. Stone walls web the park. An old gristmill, maintained as a museum by the Pomfret Historical Society, recalls a milling past." Read more

Mashamoquet Brook State Park Trail Reviews

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We took our 2nd grader and kindergarten boys hiking on this trail. The first half was your normal forest hiking, but the second half was great. They loved the Wolf Den and the Indian chair, and had a blast climbing the scenic rock formations leading back to the campground. Including the playtime, it took us 2 1/2 hours, and was a very pleasant experience.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
290 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
April to November
Mashamoquet Brook State Park, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Local Contacts
USGS Danielson
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Dec 2018